Ah, the end-of-year school holidays. What’s not to like — for kids anyway — right? For the rest of us grown-ups, this time of year (the holidays usually kick off in mid-November through to the end of December) can be overwhelming, whether we are parents or not. Here’s our advice for getting some ‘grown-up’ time away from the hordes of young’uns that seem to be just about everywhere you go. Sorry kids, these hangouts are adults-only.
1. Manhattan’s Adult-Only Cocktail Brunch
Photo: Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
Even the swankiest hotel brunch can sometimes be marred by unattended (and loud) kiddies wreaking havoc in the dining room. Not so at Manhattan’s uber plush adults-only cocktail brunch ($150++ with free-flow cocktails, wines and beers; or $195++ including Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve champagne) every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. Besides the all-you-can-drink craft cocktails, beers, wines and Bloody Marys, the Regent Singapore bar – recently named the best bar in Asia and third on the World’s 50 Best Bars list – also has a DIY boozy milkshake station so you can satisfy that irrepressible sweet tooth.
Trust us when we say free-flow alcoholic beverages does not an appropriate environment for children make. Oh, and did we mention the luscious spread of food, from whiskey-infused, slow-roasted tomahawk steak, to freshly-shucked oysters? In a word? Yum.
Level 2, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6735 3377
2. M18 and R21 Movies In Style
Photo: Golden Village
Why not spoil yourself on your next mall visit, instead of window-shopping among the swarms of families with little ones? Book a ticket to catch your flick of choice – one rated M18 or R21 of course – at one of Golden Village’s luxurious Gold Class cinemas for a premium, child-free viewing experience.
Though not yet rated for Singapore screens, coming up on the movie calendar are films like post-apocalyptic adventure Mortal Engines (Dec 18), which you can enjoy comfortably snuggled beneath a blanket in your reclining seat, while at-seat butler service ensures you have all the nibbles and tipples you need to escape from the real world for a while. Yes, please.
Suntec City, Great World City, I12 Katong and VivoCity. Visit https://www.gv.com.sg/GoldClassHome#/ to book.
3. So SPA Sentosa
Rejuvenate your senses — sans kids — in the spectacular sanctuary that is So SPA at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Book any one-hour treatment and you’ll be able to take advantage of the outdoor spa facilities, which, let’s face it, are a real draw in and of themselves. There’s the cerulean-tiled lap pool, the float pool where you can frolic amidst cascading waterfalls, and the mud pool, where you can slather yourself in Moroccan rhassoul clay, which is said to have detoxifying properties.
Here’s the kicker for parents who need a break: With every $180 spent on spa treatments or food and beverages at the hotel, your little one is entitled to two hours at the property’s kids club, Villa des Enfants. There, they’ll enjoy interactive activities like storytelling, crafts and games – while you’re, you know, blissing out with a much-needed massage.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road. Tel: 6708-8358.
If you’re the outdoorsy sort, getting back to nature and taking a break from the concrete jungle is always a welcome respite – school holidays or no. We recommend HortPark, a 10-hectare expanse of lush greenery which is part of the Southern Ridges that comprise Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Park.
Whether it’s a simple afternoon stroll through the beautifully-landscaped gardens or a laidback cocktail at Vineyard, a French-Italian bistro on the grounds, you’ll no doubt feel your worries melt away on a visit here – provided you stay away from the playground, of course. We recommend an evening visit (families usually head home by sunset) to make the most of this tranquil gem.
The park is open from 6am to 11pm and accessible via the nearby Alexandra Garden Trail and Hyderabad Road park connector.
33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road).
5. The Beast
Now, this option ain’t exactly the best for chilling out – it’s about channelling your inner child instead, big-style. Open only to those 18 and over, The Beast is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course for adults. At a formidable 252m, the bouncy playground has travelled across the world to cities like Amsterdam and Melbourne, as well as made appearances at festivals like EDM mecca Tomorrowland.
It is being brought to Singapore by Get Out! Events as part of its GTFO! (Get The Fun Out!) Launch Festival. The festival itself is free to enter for people of all ages and will feature the gamut from fitness workshops, F&B stalls, DJs, live bands and games, in addition to the hulking inflatable attraction. Come, see, conquer.
Happening at Palawan Beach, Sentosa from Dec 7 to 9 from 8am to 12 midnight. Get tickets (from $37 for a standard two-hour pass to $197 for a 3-day VIP pass) from www.go.gtfo.sg. Entry to the festival itself is free.
6. Pandora’s Garden
This newly-opened rooftop rosé and gin bar, nestled cosily at the courtyard of boutique hotel Ann Siang House, is a magical hidden gem, with a retractable roof, grassy floors, a frangipani tree and twinkling fairy lights that feel more and more ethereal the more glasses you imbibe.
It’s trendy without being overly hipster, and prices start from an affordable $12 a drink, although its easy to go overboard with bottles that don’t break the bank, either. While you’re revelling in the blissfully chilled-out environment, indulge in some picnic-style nibbles like the Ploughman’s Board – a selection of artisanal bread, crackers, meats, cheese, fruit and more. Who said adulting was hard?
28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708. Tel: 9485 4226